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Grateful Dead Live at Paramount Theater on 1972-07-25

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Grateful Dead Live at Paramount Theater on 1972-07-25

Set 1

The Promised Land, Sugaree, Me And My Uncle, Bird Song, Black Throated Wind, Cumberland Blues, Jack Straw, Big Railroad Blues, El Paso, Tennessee Jed, Playing In The Band, Loser, Beat It On Down The Line, Casey Jones

Set 2

He's Gone, Greatest Story Ever Told, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Mexicali Blues, Truckin' > The Other One Jam > Drums > The Other One > Wharf Rat, Sugar Magnolia, Sing Me Back Home, Not Fade Away > Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad > Not Fade Away

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Paramount Theater
Location Portland, OR

Source SBD -> Master Reel -> Dat (44.1k)
Lineage Dat (Sony R500) -> Tascam SS-R05 -> Samplitude Professional v11.2.1 -> FLAC
Transferred by Charlie Miller


-- All disc changes are seamless
-- The levels are somewhat brickwalled, but it's not noticeable
-- The beginning of Casey Jones is cut, not much missing
-- We only have the last 2 minutes of Sugar Magnolia
-- I can confirm that the lineage is correct (huge upgrade)


Reviewer: Ox Fall Down - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 11, 2016
Subject: Source Upgrade
This is a much better rendering. Improved sound.
Reviewer: NYLifer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 25, 2015
Subject: Samson & Delilah Jam
Starting around 16:55 into The Other One and goes for a few minutes
Reviewer: Mr7171551 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 19, 2015
Subject: Wish we could give 10 stars!
Really,Really and truly, this show is very very good. Everyone has favourites and preferences, but this is top drawer even by 1972 standards. The Other One is superb,the quality ofthe recording is stellar, especially with even vaguely decent headphones. Slow groovy China/rider. Great Wharf Rat,Good He's Gone. The singing is good and apart from the usual forgotten lyrics,it's at the peak. I would put this show up with that amazing week later on in the summer(21/8/72-27/8/72)And, once again , the highest praise and thanks to Mr Charlie for his wonderful work!
Reviewer: Chris U. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 11, 2014
Subject: No Matrix Necessary, No Secret Ballots
To my knowledge, the Dead never failed to deliver anything but exceptional goods in Portland or anywhere else in Oregon prior to the '74 break.

This board recording has special properties (bet it would sound even better in a lossless format). You can hear the room. The vocal mics are hot. It's a great mix, especially at first, with Bob and Phil's vocals and Billy's drums a bit higher up than they are in most boards -- I like 'em like that. The bass may be a tad low for some tastes and the occasional vocal distortion may offend. The balance between Jerry and Bob's guitar is okay, although I could almost always use a bit more volume on Bobby's guitar (especially for this show).

The show is somewhat enhanced (or marred) by tuning difficulties. The Dead are experiencing some "equipment issues."

The audience, clearly, is jacked out of their heads and you can hear 'em losing their shirts, especially between songs.

Some of the funniest audience banter ever between Sugaree and Me and My Uncle.

Bird Song is tight. Tighter than Veneta, but looser than most of the Europe 72 and pre-Europe versions.

Jerry's out of tune and struggling during parts of Black Throated Wind but it doesn't seem to be bothering Bob none.

Sounds like Bob breaks a string in Cumberland. A couple minutes of tuning follow. It's difficult to tell if someone's instrument is malfunctioning ... Jerry did eventually hang up that Alligator Strat because, in part, it kept drifting out of tune.

Loser seems like it might go off the rails but of course it doesn't.

The Playin' is gorgeous and intense, as it almost always was during this era.

Following He's Gone, an absolutely incredible version of Greatest Story Ever Told gets the audience energy level right back where it was when the show began. The band follows it up with an unusually groovy, slow-tempo China Cat. It's almost languid! Rider alternates between some impassioned vocals (Phil!) and instrumentals where the rhythm section really carries the day.

Allegedly the rest of the show is pretty interesting as well, but can you really trust any of these reviews? A lot of those songs later in the set are the repetitive ones that get weird or boring really quickly. < = joke

Take your time with this one. Start from the beginning. Turn it up LOUD. Don't be afraid to leave the room or turn it off if you starts to freak you out or if you just don't want to hear any version of Beat It On Down the Line. Individual people in the audience walked out on the Dead all the time because it was too much, even (or especially) in 1972. Their minds stopped being capable of processing the awesomeness of what was happening, probably from sheer exhastion. Then, after finding some space in the hallway or lobby and chilling out for a while, maybe rapping with some friendly sane person, some of those audience members would wander back towards the stage for additional mindwhipping.
Reviewer: tree-ap03 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 10, 2014
Subject: well... it's just... WOW!!!
Just like '73 & '74, there are too many good shows to pick just one, or even just one time period or tour during any of these calendar years as "the best." 1972 is just SOOOO F'N GREAT!!! And here's another example of that greatness that shone so brightly in '72. Some Set 1 highlights are Birdsong, BTW & Cumberland Blues---all songs that may very well have been at their pinnacle in '72. Then... there's Playin' in the Band... I guess that's all I have to say about that & everyone'll know what I mean. Now, Set 2... All of the songs leading up to the jam are played with aplomb---really, what more is there to say other than that? THEN... those "bouncy" Truckin's in '72 & each lead-up to DRUMS & The Other One. The superlatives available to describe how great this succession of songs are, just aren't descriptive enough to convey the incredibleness, the FIRE that was inherent in this performance, let alone all year. The jam in TOO is one that I think they did during other performances in '72, but what occurs towards the end with Phil bombing the hell out of our mind, body, & spirit, is a thing of beauty that again, is just beyond description. That I can STILL be blown away by the GD after 25yrs of listening, is nothing more than mind blowing itself.
A note on the 4 stars I gave this show: these are 1972 stars, so while this could very easily be counted as a 5 star show, I had to judge it against other shows from this year, which is not an easy thing to do considering how spectacular they are. So, enjoy this one yourself & wallow in the cosmic greatness of the Grateful Dead doing what they did best.
Reviewer: eeephour - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 12, 2014
Subject: Ephiphanies do happen
Heard this for the first time and I've been a head some 43 years. One of the most outrageous O1's ever. Phil is Phil - being the tremendous musician that he is and a wonderful solo to boot. Interesting, unique themes in the jam with a very decided St. Stephen that Phil is trying to cajole Jerry into. This thing flies. Buckle the hell up. ;-)
Reviewer: DMT - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 8, 2013
Subject: .
Killer 'The Other One'!!! a very explorative jam in there, hinting a few different themes! and a ripping GDTRFB as well!
Reviewer: mknyc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 16, 2013
Subject: Almost St. Stephen in The Other One
At around 17:00, they play with the St. Stephen theme for about 90 seconds. Another fine Charlie Miller effort.
Reviewer: PigpenLives - - March 6, 2013
Subject: greatest "The Other One" ever
Well, maybe. This is one of my personal favorites. The notes from my initial listen read "outrageous other one - a lot like the 8/27 dark star meltdown w/ some other unusual jamming". It stands out above a year filled will good performances of this song.

Thanks for sharing!
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